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Last 10 Nights of Ramadan August 8, 2012

Posted by Msfatima in Uncategorized.
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As the last ten nights of Ramadan are upon us, one cannot help but feel a sense of excitement (Alhumdullilah, we’ve made it this far) and apprehension (will I live till next Ramadan, how can I best make use of my time now?)

What makes the last ten nights even more special? Layl-tul-Qadr.

The night Allah SWT send down the Qur’an to mankind.

The night when our destiny is decreed for the next year – who will die, who will be born, who will be freed from punishment from hell and who will not.

The night when all our sins are forgiven as the Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “Whoever stays up during Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of earning reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Al Bukhari, 1910).

The night of Qadr is described as better than a thousand months in the Qur’an (Surah Al Qadr), which is 83 years! Can you imagine? Standing in prayer and seeking layl-tul-Qadr is the equivalent of 83 years of worship. That is more than most of our lifetime.

Go the extra-extra mile

Alhumdullilah, from the beginning of Ramadan we set a routine for ourselves in terms of reading Qur’an, praying tarawih, and going the extra mile in other ibadaat (forms of worship such as nawafil prayers, charity, and dhikr).

For the last ten nights, we do not just need to go the extra mile, rather the extra-extra mile. From the virtues I previously mentioned, it is without a doubt that we should seek the night of Qadr (specifically on the odd nights).

– Wash away the sleep from your eyes and stand in qiyaam.

– Make lots of sincere duaa’ that Allah SWT sends his mercy on us and saves us from all the nastiness of this world and the next.

    It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “Du’aa’ may be of benefit with regard to what has already happened or what has not yet happened, so adhere to Du’aa’, O slaves of Allaah.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (3548)

Making sincere duaa is essential.

For the sisters’ who cannot pray during the nights, it can be easy to lose hope because of that lack of connection when making ruku’ or sajdah while in prayer. But keep your heart soft by listening to the recitation of the Qur’an, reciting the Qur’an, and making lots, lots, and lots of duaa. This is also the best time to seek forgiveness for your sins as well, so keep your tongue moist with words of praise for Allah.

I hope these last ten nights are productive and beneficial for you all. May we all be able to find what we are seeking for. Ameen.

And Allah knows best.

-MM